‘Suspend House Committees and Curb MPs Greed’- Senator Orengo tells Speaker Muturi

Siaya senator James Orengo has asked National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi to suspend all committee meetings until claims of MPs’ bribery in the sugar report are addressed.

Orengo said some MPs were mentioned adversely after the report was shot down in the House.

The Minority leader in the Senate said Parliament’s work will be in vain if the committees do not do their work diligently and transparently.

“Apart from the oversight role, the Senate and Parliament have powers to summon and impeach. That is the reason we cannot allow honorable members to misbehave,” Orengo said.

He said MPs in previous parliaments played a crucial role on matters of public interest without lining their pockets, adding that it is the duty of lawmakers to ensure public resources are well managed.

“When former Nyandarua North MP JM Kariuki was murdered in cold blood, Parliament stood firm on its report,” Orengo said.

Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo distanced himself from the bribery allegations. He condemned colleagues for “stooping too low and being compromised”.

He claimed some MPs were “bought” cheaply for as little as Sh10,000 to frustrate the report.

“It was a sad day for me when I learnt that some of my colleagues can be compromised with Sh10,000,” Odhiambo said.

He told voters to kick out such leaders in the 2022 election.

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